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Jay Gonzalez Calls GOP's $60 Billion Spending Plan Claims Ridiculous

Democratic candidate for governor Jay Gonzalez waves after speaking during the 2018 Massachusetts Democratic Party Convention (Michael Dwyer/AP)
Democratic candidate for governor Jay Gonzalez waves after speaking during the 2018 Massachusetts Democratic Party Convention (Michael Dwyer/AP)

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jay Gonzalez dismissed as "ridiculous" the claim by the Massachusetts Republican Party that he plans to boost spending by $60 billion if elected.

After Gonzalez won the Democratic primary Tuesday, the state GOP launched a media campaign to portray him as a big spender who won't say where he'd get the money for transportation and healthcare improvements.

Gonzalez told reporters at a 'unity' rally hosted by congressional candidate Ayanna Pressley and Sen. Elizabeth Warren in Cambridge on Sunday that the attack is disingenuous.

"There are areas where we need to invest more — I’m being honest about that — to say it’s $60 billion is ridiculous," Gonzalez said. "But I am going to ask those who are wealthy in this state to pay a little bit more so that we can make a difference for regular people all across the state.”

Republicans came up with the $60 billion dollar number by adding up the extreme ends of estimates for projects Gonzalez supports.

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